Messi handed four-match ban for insulting official 

Lionel Messi was banned for four international matches – just five and a half hours before Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia kicked off.

The Barcelona forward was punished for directing “insulting words” at an assistant referee during Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile.

The 29-year-old was fined £8,100.

He will miss his country’s next four competitive fixtures.
Argentina later lost to Bolivia 2 – 0 on Tuesday evening. 

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